“Ten 2.5mm orthopedic drill bits were randomized, with five undergoing thermal cycling, within their sterile packaging, and five serving as untreated controls. After 100 drilling cycles, the maximum drilling force, and maximum normalized torque, drilling work and microscopic outer corner wear were significantly lower for the treated drill bits. Thermal cycling has the potential to decrease operating room costs and thermal necrosis associated with dull cutting tools. Application of this technology may also be relevant to surgical cutting tools such as saw bladed, burrs, and reamers. orthopedic news (3).pdfBACTERIA GROWTH (1).pdf
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